Peter Hellman

Peter S. Hellman was a Navy ET. He served in OcUNIT 1 aboard USNS Bowditch in 1969. Pete was responsible for the operation and maintenance of the Sperry Mk 3 Mod 3 SINS.

Bowditch Photos 1969

On Liberty in Lisbon

Original photo by PH2 Ron Gazboda.

Shipmates in Lisbon Identified

1. ET3 David A. Ball
2. ET3 Bruce Sheridan
3. ET2 David Perkins
4. ET2 Robert Swanson
5. ET2 Carl Ketola
6. ET2 Terry Bacon
7. ET2 Peter S. Hellman
8. YN2 Randy W. Perryman
9. ET1 Michael L. Cruce

Quarterdeck Watch

Located on the 2nd Deck of No.3 Hold, we posted a security guard here when in port. The OcUNIT berthing compartments were on this deck. Just below, on the 3rd Deck, was the Navigation Information Center (NIC) and other OcUNIT working spaces. On the 4th Deck was Sonar and Hydroplot.

Transponder Shop

Located in the upper deck of No.5 Hold, this was the storage and maintenance space for the Deep Ocean Transponders, part of Bowditch's Acoustic Ship's Positioning System.

In 1969 this space was the domain of ET2 John Douglass of Indiana, PA, in western Pennsylvania.

Bowditch in Drydock

Hoboken, NJ, Winter 1968-69.

Bowditch in Drydock

Hoboken, NJ, Winter 1968-69.

Henry Giardino, a/k/a Hank SINS, and the Sailboat

Hank built a fiberglass sailboat in lower No. 5 Hold. Getting all the materials in, and the resulting sailboat out, was quite an operation!
Original photos by PH2 Ron Gazboda.

The Wooden Mold

The Resulting Fiberglass Sailboat

Another View of the Sailboat

Slot Car Track

While in the yards in Hoboken, if memory serves correctly, ET1 Mike Cruce and ET2 Dave Perkins were on liberty and stumbled across the pieces of a slot car track sitting outside a shop undergoing renovation. The got the pieces for free, and we put them all together in Lower #2 Hold, and here's the results. Most of the younger guys left Hoboken with a stash of cars and parts, and after the month's movies got old, we amused ourselves here.
Original photos by PH2 Ron Gazboda.

Peter Hellman and Dave Perkins

The slot car track in Lower No. 2 Hold.

The Assembled Track

Dave Perkins

Full throttle.

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